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TravelCondé Nast Traveler's Alternative Bucket List

00:10  23 august  2019
00:10  23 august  2019 Source:   cntraveler.com

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At Condé Nast Traveler, we're often asked, after-hours, for personal recommendations—where to go, when to go, and what to do when you get there. Not that we're complaining: sharing our perspectives on the best travel experiences is kind of, well, our bread and butter. But sometimes, the suggestion goes beyond when to book airfare and which neighborhood to plonk yourself in, to the unique, only-in-those-places experiences you won't know about unless someone lets you in on the secret. These grails—some of the best, most serendipitous moments, drinks, finds, and views we've had—belong to us, and to a few of our trusted tastemakers.

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El Cortijo, Catalonia, Spain

"This classic Catalan farmhouse does fantastic, simple cooking. They're known for their lamb chops and those idiosyncratic skinny steaks. Everything comes on the bone, and always with a side of spicy garlic aioli. We make up celebrations just to eat here, like: ‘Maria's new job,’ or ‘It's Sunday!’ Just be sure you don't have any plans for the rest of the day." —Anthony Sasso, chef

Lauderdale Courts, Room 328, Memphis

"Everyone knows Graceland, but few people know of the '50s-style apartment that teenage Elvis lived in—from where he'd go off to the blues clubs on Beale Street. Call to book." —Gráinne McBride, chief sub-editor

Meganisi, Greece

"This small Ionian island is where I can embrace a slower, simpler life. There are two villas—Xeni and Mimi—and from our pool we see sunrise and moonrise over nearby Kalamos Island. Midmorning I'll toddle down the steps to the secluded terrace on the shoreline, take the plunge, and bob about a bit, like a contented sea lion. The moonlight here is legendary. Midnight swims under the stars of the Ionian? Oh, I think so." —Hugh Bonneville, actor

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Rajakkad Estate, India

"I visited some of the most beautiful World Heritage Site temples last year in the state of Tamil Nadu—with no tourists—and found this charming hotel: an 18th-century wooden structure with seven bedrooms, surrounded by lush forest, in the middle of nowhere. It is romantic, and the service is truly personal. All meals are created using ingredients handpicked from the garden, and you can choose to eat outside." —Irene Forte, group project director, Rocco Forte Hotels

Telegraph Island, or Jazirat al Maqlab, Oman

"Located off the coast of Oman on the Musandam Peninsula, this tiny, unassuming deserted island allegedly gave birth to the English phrase ‘going round the bend.’ From 1864 to 1869, it was home to a telegraph essential for communication between the U.K. and India. Allegedly, however, every man stationed there to supervise it lost his sanity due to the combined impact of the intense heat and boredom. Today, it makes for a wonderful place to camp overnight (for just one night). Get there by the dhow of any friendly Omani you can cajole into taking you, pack a blow-up bed and speaker, and be sure to frolic in the phosphorus come nightfall." —Becky Lucas, digital editor

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Wild Waters, Nile River, Uganda

"The resort Wild Waters is rustic but very unique. Off-the-radar. Under-touristed. In the middle of the Nile rapids; you can only reach it by row boat. The dining room is open-air but with a roof—no wall. So as you eat you have these massive, all-consuming views of the river gushing all around you. When the storms roll through, they are dramatic and epic, a thrilling, natural version of dinner theater." —Erin Florio, travel news director

Bar Italia, London

"This all-hours spot in London’s Soho is where you wait in the same 4 a.m. line for espresso as models ending their night out and workers beginning their early shift. —Louis Cheslaw, editorial coordinator

Quarteira, Portugal

"Once the sun finally sets beyond the horizon, head off the beach in Quarteira and grab a table at Marisqueira Santiago, a family-run seafood restaurant for the freshest seafood and best clams and rice in the Algarve." —Pete Winterbottom, creative director

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"Gracie's Luncheonette is an upscale American diner tucked away on a winding road in the Hudson Valley, where it looks down onto a rushing ravine." —L.C.

Orokawa Bay, New Zealand

"Surfers flock to Waihi Beach on New Zealand's Coromandel Peninsula. It's a pretty spot, but there's something even more special hidden nearby. At Waihi's northernmost point there's a walking trail, tucked away, poorly sign-posted, and only accessible at low tide. It takes you over a hill and through overgrown brush to a completely untouched, utterly deserted beach in the Orokawa reserve with golden sand and a thick fringe of palms. Take a picnic and spend a few hours entirely cut off from the rest of the world." —Olivia Holborow, engagement manager

Gran Ristoro, Genoa, Italy

"While Genoa isn’t the most popular of all tourist destinations in Italy, it is worth a quick day of exploring street food on your way to the rest of coastal Liguria. While I was most excited to taste very regional foods, like chickpea farinata, vegetable stuffed tortas, and cones of fried little fish, my favorite bite of the day came from Gran Ristoro, a tiny sandwich shop where local workers stop for a quick panino and glass of wine. I have not stopped thinking about the prosciutto cured with pink peppercorns on a crusty little role. The different salumi, cheese, and condiment combos are abundant, but my recommendation is to keep it simple with just one or two items." —Missy Robbins, co-founder of Grovehouse, chef-owner of Lilia and Misi in New York City

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Country Ltd., Los Angeles

"Country Ltd. is a hidden furniture and design store in East L.A. where the door just says “T-Shirt and Chairs". It's a great bet for actor spotting—they’re the ones at the counter begging the owners to design their entire home." —L.C.

Coco Lezzone, Florence, Italy

"Coco Lezzone is a tiny hole-in-the-wall joint just down from the Arno in Florence. Dim lights, creaky ceiling fans, and four or five long, family-style dining tables. The menu is seasonal, and simple at its best: in the spring, you might be served fresh pea pasta doused in syrupy olive oil, crusty unsalted bread, and the deepest house red wine from chipped glass carafes. A family affair, all down a hidden, graffiti-covered street near the hubbub of Via Tornabuoni." —Katharine Sohn, P.A. to the editor-in-chief

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Rehavia, Jerusalem, Israel

"There’s more to Jerusalem than the Western Wall—really. If you have some downtime on a Saturday afternoon (and let’s be honest—Shabbat in Jerusalem means nothing but downtime) take a stroll through the upscale neighborhood of Rehavia. In springtime, the scents alone are enough to knock you out: fragrant, blooming flowers, and thick, green foliage wrapped around stately outer walls, dense enough to swallow you whole. Observe the older, kippah-clad men and skirted women on their weekly stroll, arms clasped behind their backs, and the young parents taking turns wielding double strollers; or, if you need stimulation of another sort, try to pick which of the homes you’d live in if you could afford to. Eventually, you’ll hit Sacher Park, the city’s largest. Everyone, especially in nice weather, is parked here, when Jerusalem’s frenetic weekly cadence grinds to an ordained halt. Bring a blanket and a book, and enjoy the breeze." —Betsy Blumenthal, associate editor

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Bambu Indah, Bali, Indonesia

"Experiencing a deep meditation at this boutique hotel while listening to the sounds of the jungle around me, and overlooking natural ponds and rice fields, tapped into my soul in a way I've never felt." —Anthony Saniger, founder and CEO, Standard Dose

Home Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina

"At the end of a coffee-buying trip in Brazil, we were stranded in Buenos Aires because of the ash from a volcano in Chile. Having only planned to stay one night, we were grounded for a week; staying at Home Hotel meant that we got an inside track on the neighborhood and the city. The place is like the opposite of a tourist trap: You're invited in to see the city through their eyes, meaning that you know who's making a great whiskey sour and where to go for a meal (we somehow managed to be there for restaurant Tegui's opening week), but they also let you know where to buy secondhand records or get a pair of leather shoes made. We ended up spending our days walking the old markets, threading through antique stores, local laundromats and spas, eating meat cooked from parrillas while swirling glasses of Mendoza malbec. It was the perfect way to get into the rhythm of the city and to see it through local eyes." —Russell Beard, co-owner, Paramount House Hotel

Mount Athos, Greece

"I got as close as a female possibly can (within about 1,600 feet) to Mount Athos, where monks from all the Orthodox backgrounds live in communes and in isolation, brewing alcohol and, I imagine, meditating and reflecting. It's not uncommon to have a monk with his Rasputin beard flailing in the wind, black sunnies slammed against his face, whiz past on a speed boat. Females, not even females animals or insects, are allowed there, but any male can stay in any of the monasteries for a number of days. Truly a unique space. —E.F.

Sqirl, Los Angeles

"One of the City of Angels’ best people-watching and eavesdropping spots is the brunch line at Sqirl—you won’t want to be seated." —L.C.

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Indochine, New York City

"There is no other restaurant in NYC, in my opinion, that has held its reign as the sexiest and most delicious place—and with the most eclectic cast of creative characters—as Indochine has. Originally owned by Brian McNally, the French-Vietnamese restaurant was once the stomping ground of the art elite—Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Julian Schnabel, Madonna, Debbie Harry, and David Bowie in the 1980s. The lighting is always perfectly dim and flattering, the room is always extra sexy, the music is fun and campy, the tablehopping is plentiful come late-night, and the staff, hand-plucked by owner Jean-Marc Houmard, is always a well-versed group from an array of cultures (and all are beyond striking). Go into the restaurant on any given night and you, too, will feel the magic of this space and the people who inhabit it. —Athena Calderone, culinary, design, and entertainment expert

Inle Lake, Myanmar

"There is an old-fashioned steam train that goes from the tiny town of Thazi (leaving at 5 a.m.), to Inle Lake, through the mountains, stopping at little villages along the way. At each stop, the train becomes a two-minute market, with local people coming out to trade and sell food to passengers." —Charlotte Davey, fashion features editor

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Salon Los Angeles, Mexico City, Mexico

"Mexico City's Roma and Condesa neighborhoods are almost too perfect these days—shaded lanes, painfully hip boutiques, Instagrammable-as-all-hell restaurants. Salon Los Angeles, an old-school dance hall that's been on the scene for some 80 years, is the perfect antidote. The lighting is harsh, the band's stage is festooned in silver streamers, and the wall is covered in fading photos of regulars. Go on a Sunday, when the live salsa band is in full swing, and the crowd is dressed in their Havana-inspired best (zoot suits included). Their slogan is, "If you don't know Salon Los Angeles, you don't know Mexico City," and I think they're right." —Megan Spurrell, Community Editor

Morawaka, Sri Lanka

"In this completely untouched jungle, you can walk for miles and never pass another person. You have to smother your feet in Tiger Balm because the ground is more leeches than path, but coming across an undiscovered waterfall makes it all worth it. Just make sure to keep your belonging nearby so as not to tempt more inquisitive monkeys." —C.D.

Galatal Bridge, Istanbul, Turkey

"Traffic is notoriously bad in Istanbul, so find an afternoon to skip it altogether and walk over the Galata Bridge, which spans the Golden Horn. You’ll find rows of fishing rods stacked up along the railings, old men grilling their catch on makeshift barbecues, and commuters making their way home. If you time it right, you’ll hear the call to prayer drifting over the Bosphorus as you do it. A perfect slice of Istanbul life." —Lale Arikoglu, senior lifestyle editor

Kod Marka, Sipan, Croatia

"Skip the tourist traps in Dubrovnik and get a boat out to sleepy Sipan island. Right at the tip of the peninsula, at the edge of a sun-scorched horseshoe bay, there’s a tiny restaurant called Kod Marka. There’s just one waiter, only a handful of tables, no sign, no menu—just whatever was plucked fresh out the sea that morning, drizzled with olive oil and lemon and served on a huge silver platter. Paper tablecloths flutter in the salty breeze and delightful owner Dino brings over jug after jug of his homegrown wine. Come off-season, and there’s nothing else here but a few beaten up Citroëns and a pair of old men dozing quietly on a bench nearby." —Teddy Wolstenholme, special projects editor

Cala D’egos, Mallorca

"The Serra de Tramuntana mountain range shapes Mallorca’s west coast, where this remote beach can be found only on foot or by dropping anchor in the bay and swimming ashore. The Balearic water is clear and cool, and you can often have the whole unspoiled strip to yourself." —Alex Postman, editor-at-large

Hotel Danieli, Venice, Italy

"Have you ever sat in the lobby of a grande dame during the first day of a major cultural event? It's quite the spectator sport. Get yourself a comfy seat and a Negroni in the lobby of Venice’s Danieli by noon on the first day of the Biennale. The cast that parades through with their entourages (and small dogs/monkeys/weasels) is insane: a who’s who of the art world, with fabulous outfits and outrageous requests to boot." —E.F.

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